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The 20 best Amazon Alexa skills and tips

Many of us have welcomed our first smart assistant into the home, with Amazon's Echo smart home hub bringing the Alexa voice assistant into households across the country.<p>Alexa is the Amazon voice assistant. Launched in 2014, it provides a way to ask questions, play music, get news bulletins or …

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

Leadership

34 Cult-Favorite Products On Amazon That Actually Live Up To The Hype

You can buy a lot of weird AF stuff on the Internet. From socks that make your skin peel off to fun shower heads, there's no shortage of wacky things …

The One Thing You Need to Do Now to Save Money on Airfare in 2018

<i>Originally published by Travel + Leisure</i><p>With 2018 quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning next year's vacations.<p>To make sure …

Flying

Influence: The 4-Step Process for Selling Anything to Anyone

People only buy when they trust the person selling.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Influence is described as <i>"the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something."</i> However as subtle as some forms of influence might seem as …

Selling

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Self-help

Your Resume Is Obsolete, Says This Hiring Expert | Inc.com

Absolutely no one enjoys making a résumé. It's a painful time-suck to come up with the best language with which to sell yourself, not to mention choose the best fonts and get bullets and indents properly aligned. Fortunately, the business world is evolving in a direction where the résumé isn't …

Employment

I polled 1,500 people about their best relationship advice -- and everyone said the same thing

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of …

Relationships

Google and Disney Do This for Happier Employees. Here Are 5 Ways You Can Do It Too | Inc.com

'Tis the season to give thanks.<p>And when it comes to the workplace, science says expressing gratitude to your employees doesn't just keep them happy, it keeps them on your payroll.<p>Studies show that workers who don't feel adequately appreciated are twice as likely to quit in the coming year.<p>Employees …

Employee Engagement

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

Information Systems

Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

With a good software-driven product, the hardware is almost inconsequential. After the unboxing and the setup, it just sort of fades into the scenery. That was always the case with Amazon’s original Echo, but even as Alexa continues to do all of the hard work, the grandaddy of smart speakers was in …

Smart Homes

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Immune System

100 trips everyone should take in America

The US is known for its incredible variety of landscapes, cuisines, and cultures. From Broadway shows and spectacular restaurants in New York City to ancient adobe buildings in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, there's something amazing to see in every state.<p>And while there are endless opportunities for …

National Parks

Why Culture Doesn't Just Beat Strategy, It Must Be the Strategy | Inc.com

Culture - and its application to strategy and results - is now a core focus of great organizations that "get it." Volumes of research from global consulting firms coupled with my own experiences as a business owner and consultant point to the fundamental belief that there is a distinct correlation …

Employee Engagement

Why Google, Twitter, And LinkedIn Employees Are Kicking These Seven Work Habits

We asked insiders at some of the top tech companies which bad habits they’re trying to cut out of their workdays. Here’s what they said.<p>By this time in January, some of that initial excitement around New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade. Here we are, just a week away from the whateverness …

Productivity

21 Android secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

Pulled Pork

Vue Smart Sunglasses

A Bluetooth headset and fitness tracker integrated into an unassuming pair of sunglasses. Vue lets you listen and control music from your mobile …

Fabriq Bluetooth Speaker

More than just a Bluetooth speaker, Fabriq is one of the most affordable ways to enjoy Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. It has a 2″ driver, a 2″ …

How to Give Feedback to People Who Cry, Yell, or Get Defensive

There’s no denying that performance review season can be a headache for managers. The process of writing reviews and delivering feedback takes a lot of time (especially if you do it thoughtfully) and can be particularly anxiety provoking if you have someone on your team who tends to have a …

Self-awareness

Everything Siri can control in your house

With over 100 HomeKit-enabled gadgets slated for this year, we look at every smart-home device Siri can control so far.<p>Voice control is quickly becoming the new standard in smart-home tech. When you tell Alexa, Siri and soon Google to turn on your lights or adjust your thermostat, they actually do …

Home Automation

How to take better pictures with your Android phone

In today’s smartphone-centric world, everybody and their mom (quite literally) has a camera in their pockets at all times, and the end result is millions of pics splashed all over the web. Of course, anyone can snap a photo and share it with the world, but taking a <i>good</i> pic is another story.<p>We all …

Mobile Photography

7 Chrome shortcuts you should start using right away

Get ready to jump from novice to power user in seven easy steps. You won't believe how much time these shortcuts will save you.<p>Whether you've been using Google Chrome for years or you just switched from, say, Firefox or Internet Explorer, there are some shortcuts you should know.<p>Many involve using …

Google

The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

Your phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive …

5 science-backed tips for getting rid of guilt

You did something bad. And now you feel terrible. But the feeling won't go away. It gnaws at you. Even worse, it makes you feel like you're a <i>bad</i> …

The Best Travel Beauty Products You Should Always Pack, According to the Pros

Chances are, this isn't your first time going on vacation. And whether you're going away for a long weekend (what's up, road trip!) or dusting off your passport and hopping on a red-eye, packing smart is key to making the trip go smoothly. But no matter where you're heading, there's more to your …

The government was trying to fix the transplant system. But it got complicated.

For the roughly 15,000 Americans who need a liver transplant, it’s a waiting game. With demand for donated livers far outstripping supply, patients may spend months or years on a waitlist, their position gradually improving as they get sicker. A recent study suggests that this system may be …

Medicine

Where to learn critical life-changing skills

Many Library of Congress texts are now available online. Xiquinho Silva / Flickr<p>We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal …

Learning

Your Dream Vacation for $1,000 or Less: A Beach Getaway

<i>What’s your dream vacation?</i> Glamour <i>asked 1,000 women that question—and then had 13 top travel bloggers plan your most-wanted trips, all for under $1,000! This week, we present everything you need to know about planning your best getaway ever. Next up: Tulum, Mexico</i><p>The beach is your number-one go-to …

Beaches

Top 20 Habits for Happiness, Health, Productivity and Success

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity, and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these topics and continuously experiment with new tactics to see what works in my own life. Based on my research, reading, learning from the experts, and …

Happiness